Hell on Wheels, Ep. 2.07, “The White Spirit”: Kindred spirits beyond redemption

Hell on Wheels, Season 2, Episode 7: “The White Spirit”

Written by David Von Ancken

Directed by Bruce Marshall Romans

Airs Sundays at 9 pm (Et) on AMC

The haunting images start early in this week’s episode of Hell on Wheels as The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) prepares himself for a Native American ritual. Where last week’s episode seemed to focus on each character’s mounting pain, “The White Spirit” seems to be about choices. “Judging my choices won’t change yours”, Lily (Dominique McElligott) tells Cullen (Anson Mount) towards the end of the episode.

When Ruth tells Cullen that some people are just beyond redemption, it clearly applies to many characters on the show, particularly Elam, who’s found a new and rather unsavory path. Hell on Wheels has always been a show about angry people and what that anger and a heavy dose of guilt can do to them.
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